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  Structural Geology with Geophysics - MSc

University of Leeds    School of Earth & Environment

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

Structural geologists are crucial to implementing a successful and sustainable energy transition which addresses some of the greatest challenges of our time. Our Structural Geology with Geophysics MSc is a unique and globally leading Masters programme that fully equips you with the expertise needed to make real change across the breadth of energy and resource-facing industries. 

You’ll gain advanced theoretical and practical training, combining structural and geophysical techniques to solve real-world geological problems across a range of subsurface environments, from renewable and sustainable energy provision and storage to ores and minerals resources. 

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor's degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in a geological, geophysical, environmental geology, mining or related subject. Mathematics to A-level is also preferred, although GSCE level is accepted.

If you have a lower qualification and a non-standard geology degree, you may be considered on an ad-hoc basis, supported by relevant experience. You may also have to take an entrance exam.

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Student Profile(s)

Natasha Scott

What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?

I am working for a large consulting company AECOM. My team is part of ground engineering, which covers a large range of ground investigation works. Much of our work involves investigations on or beside railways, but we are involved in a wide range of pre-construction information gathering for other clients.

My role is to oversee site works, carry out soil and rock logging, carry out in-situ testing and sampling, talk with onsite clients and make sure all work is carried out to a high standard of health and safety standards.

In terms of my current role I am aiming to learn, grow and take part in as many different projects as I can. I am hoping to achieve chartership within the next 3-5 years once I have enough experience.

What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career?

The MSc course I completed was very intense and required a lot of multi-tasking and thinking outside of the box. These aspects have helped a great deal in the world of work.

Generally, I felt well supported by the University during my degree, which then helped later when asking for help or clarification during my current role – very important for keeping safe during work.

Why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I completed my BSc Geological Science at Leeds and I wanted to stay as I knew the lecturers, the university resources and the quality of the teaching. When I looked at the course content, I felt that it would cover a great range of topics which would build on the knowledge I had gained through my first degree.

What was the best aspect of your course?

I was particularly interested in structural geology and minerals – both aspects of the course were taught very well. I also really enjoyed the fieldtrips to the south west of England, Spain and to the lead-zinc mine in Naavan, Ireland. These were engaging and really helped to put what we had learned into a practical context.

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Year of entry: 2023-24

Value of Scholarship(s)

25% tuition fee reduction


International applicants. See eligibility criteria for details.

Application Procedure

These competitive scholarships are awarded in the form of a 25% tuition fee reduction to international candidates who demonstrate         outstanding academic achievement. There are limited scholarships available.

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